Safety begins and ends with everyone at Earth Systems, and is a choice that has an impact beyond the workplace. Employees, at all times, should be aware of their surroundings, and before starting a task, take the time to scan the work area for unknown dangers. Safety is a choice and commitment we all need to make, ensuring that at the end of the workday we all go home to our families.
Construction worksites are inherently dangerous places. Safety hazards lurk on every construction site. Given this is Construction Safety Week 2019 it is imperative workers at construction sites understand and follow basic safety rules. Here are a few areas of note to help maintain a safe construction workplace.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Wearing the right clothes for the job is essential. That means putting on proper protective gear. Storing all tools and adequate equipment in a safe and dry place is imperative to a successful construction site.
Fire extinguishers and first aid kits should be readily accessible and situated near the job site.
When working with heavy equipment, use a back brace to prevent injury. Wear gloves and goggles on the worksite when working with machinery.
Wear a safety harness if working around an elevated space with a risk of slipping and falling.
Wear nonskid, rubber footwear on slippery surfaces. And, if lifting particularly heavy equipment make sure to put on composite toe shoes or boots.
In poorly ventilated areas, dusty environments, or around dangerous toxins, wear a mask.
Loading or Unloading Equipment
Large and heavy equipment should be loaded or unloaded with caution. It is important to make sure any ramps are straight and clear. There should be plenty of room around the equipment in case of an emergency.
Always utilize a second co-worker for a spotter while guiding the equipment.
Ladder and Stairs Hazards
Workers who frequently climb a ladder or stairs should take special precautions. Check a ladder or stairs before taking the first step. Inspect for damaged, loose, weak, and otherwise broken areas. If there are issues, avoid using the ladder or stairs and report the safety issues to the foreman or appropriate person.
Stairs and ladders should be in working order, clean, uncluttered, and dry. Construction workers should never use metal ladders in rainy or wet conditions.
When available, utilize aerial lifts and raised platforms. These options are better than balancing on a ladder.
When a ladder is the only option, use one at least three to four feet taller than the reachable area of work.
Make sure to calculate the working distance carefully. The general rule is for every four feet of height, move the base of the ladder out a foot from the wall.
Move the ladder often as you work. Do not try to overreach. When climbing and descending, use your hands with all your tools safely in your tool belt.
Crowded Work Areas
Crowded work areas is one of the biggest areas of concern in a construction site. It is especially an issue where large machinery is present..
When large machinery is functioning, workers on the ground should remain clear from the operating area. This practice should be a topic at every safety meeting. It is not always the operator’s responsibility to ensure other workers stay at an appropriate distance away.
These are just a handful of suggestions for workplace safety. There are many more job site safety issues to consider. Construction Safety Week 2019 is a good place to start for more information. However, keep in mind, safety should always be the main priority on any Construction site.